Implementing Treatment in a Probation Setting: What is Being Evaluated?

Barbara J. Hayler, University of Illinois at Springfield
Beverly Rivera, University of Illinois at Springfield

The presenters have evaluated four different specialized probation programs for sex offenders, each of which was established or expanded inr esponse to a state agency's decision to provide limited funding for such programs. Each program incorporated treatment in some way; approaches included an in-house treatment program, trained probation officers serving as co-therapists in external programs, and referrals to existing specialized sex offender treatment programs. This presentation explores some of the challenges associated with such collaborations, including initial and on-going risk assessment, shared responsibility for offender management, and different measures of success in clinical and probation settings. The positive benefits of a well-defined program evaluation for treatment providers and for criminal justice agencies are explored.

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Updated 05/20/2006